We’ve all been there before, a busy Costco Wholesale Warehouse on a Sunday stocking up on the essentials for the next few weeks. The bulk items at bargain prices attract millions of shoppers to their stores each year. However, for many Americans, this mundane errand can turn into catastrophe when someone suffers a traumatic slip and fall.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident inside a Costco store, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Call the premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC at 202-960-4596 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five slips and falls result in serious injury. These can include a broken bones or head injury. The data is even scarier for older adults, age 65 or older. This population sees 3 million emergency room visits per year due to such falls. And to make matters worse, once a person suffers a fall they are more likely to fall a second time. The cost of falls in 2015 totaled over $50 billion.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you can identify potential slip and fall hazards such as:
Slips and falls at a Costco can be made worse. Costco Wholesale Warehouses usually have hard cement floors, sharp metal shelving, and solid objects such as furniture or electronics in or near walking paths. These items can cause injuries to be more severe if struck during a slip and fall.
If you see a hazard, avoid it and find an alternative route to where you need to go. Immediately make the store aware of the hazard and insist that they fix it before leaving.
Injuries typically associated with such falls at Costco can include:
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI is any injury that affects how the brain works. These injuries can be caused by bumps, blows, or sudden jolts to the head that cause the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull and can cause damage to brain cells. TBIs range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. You may already be familiar with a mild form of TBI commonly known as a concussion. Concussions make up the majority of TBI injuries seen in the United States annually.
What Should I Do if I Have a Slip and Fall Injury?
First and foremost, you must seek the appropriate medical attention for any injuries that you may have suffered. Getting well is priority number one and that starts with prompt medical care. Secondly, It’s important to detail the circumstances of your slip and fall. What object caused you to fall? What was the condition of the walking surface on which you fell? While taking a survey of the scene may not be your top priority after your fall, these are important factors that speak to negligence. If you are physically unable, have a trusted family member or friend document the conditions. This should include photographs of the area and names of witnesses or managers present. This information can make all the difference in holding Costco accountable for your fall.
The attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC will be able to assess your accident and determine fault. Our lawyers can help you seek compensation for expensive medical bills, ambulance transportation costs, medication expenses, medical imaging bills, physical therapy costs, and lost wages. All of these expenses can add up quickly and result in debilitating financial loss.
If you have been injured by a fall At Costco contact Regan Zambri Long PLLC as soon as possible. Our attorneys have over 100 years of collective experience helping clients recover multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts after slip and fall accidents. Call our expert lawyers today to find out how we can help you recover some of the damages you suffered and allow you to focus on the most important thing, getting back to health.